Restoring Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) Funds as a Line Item
in the CSU Operations Budget
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) urge the Chancellor’s Office to restore Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) funds as a permanent line item in the CSU Operations Budget; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, California Faculty Association.
RATIONALE: The RSCA program was initiated in response to a 1987 draft report issued by the Commission for the Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education. The report “The Master Plan Renewed” (http://www.ucop.edu/acadinit/mastplan/MPComm1987.pdf) recommended: “Research, scholarship and creativity in support of the undergraduate and graduate instructional mission is authorized in The California State University, and shall be supported by the State.” The Commission recognized that faculty research results in better teaching by faculty and better learning by students.
The language of the report was reflected in the CA Education Code 66010.4, which reads in part:
(b) The California State University shall offer undergraduate and graduate instruction through the master's degree in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education, including teacher education. Presently established two-year programs in agriculture are authorized, but other two-year programs shall be permitted only when mutually agreed upon by the Trustees of the California State University and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The doctoral degree may be awarded jointly with the University of California, as provided in subdivision (c) and pursuant to Section 66904. The doctoral degree may also be awarded jointly with one or more independent institutions of higher education, provided that the proposed doctoral program is approved by the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Research, scholarship, and creative activity in support of its undergraduate and graduate instructional mission is authorized in the California State University and shall be supported by the state. The primary mission of the California State University is undergraduate and graduate instruction through the master's degree.
The 1987-1988 Master Plan Renewed Resolution No. 2, estimated 14.5 million based on the assumption that ten percent of faculty received one third release time for research. In 1988-1989, the CSU requested $7.5 million to create an RSCA program, but was allocated $2.5 million and this level remained constant through 2008-2009.
Approved – January 21-22, 2016